Since I heard so much about Asia's first Crabtree and Evelyn's first teahouse at Wanchai, I boarded the star ferry from Kowloon one day in search of this place. And finally I did, in a nondescript shopping centre just opposite of a local public pool.
The tea set for one (HK$198) though pricey was a lovely experience. After taking your order, the staff will transport you to another world by lighting scented candles and brewing a pot of organic tea for you. The little cakes, scones and sandwiches came in a procelain tiffin and since the portion sizes were enough for two, I had the uneaten goodies packed away.
When I paid the bill, I found out that I had a 10% discount on account of my HSBC card, a nice souvenir (a be- ribboned paper bag containg a sample size tube of Garden Therapy handcream) and the prettiest doggie bag ever. Yes, the unfinished cakes were packed in a pretty box with a ribbon. It looks like C and E does live up to its reputation of doing things with style.
Note:C and E's delectable tea is only available only from Monday to Friday, 9 to 6pm so it looks like their only clients are students, tourists and housewives.
Da Dolce is fantastic ice cream parlour situated on Kimberley Road in TST, Hong Kong. They do so many varieties and also let you "try before you buy" which is good. I stopped here most nights after a hard days sightseeing. I'm not sure if this is a chain in Hong Kong as I didn't see any other places of the same name.
Favorite Dish: A two scoop cone with a scoop on After Eight and a scoop of Hazelnut. Devine!
Healthy dessert, so they say. It looked healthy and tasted devine. Lots of these little chain of restaurants throughout Hong Kong.
We found the staff didn't speak English though they have a menu with pictures on to select from.
Favorite Dish: Mango Combo ~
Lovely fresh manngo, fresh melon and mango icecream, very filling.
I love carbs, what can I say?? If you are in Hong Kong, you will soon find that its inhabitants have no qualms about the word carbohydrates. There are bakeries on almost every block of Hong Kong (usually more than one even!). But you must stop by and have their wares. The bread is incredibly soft and moist. There are all kinds of fillings imaginable. The cakes are decorated beautifully and are really light to the palate. Have some egg tarts or pork buns or whatever else might catch your eye.
I recommend going to Masim's if you are in search of a name. They have bakeries all over the city. They also have many of their stores in the MTR stations, so they are very accessible. However, do remember that the selections in the MTR stations are a scaled down variety of their full offerings. There are so many other places to goto as well...don't discount them because of the name. I think I went to four different ones while in Hong Kong. There was one named Jimmy's in Mongkok right outside the Price Edward Street MTR and a couple that I hit in Tsim Sha Tsui on Jordon Road. Check them out and just hit whatever you think you might like!!!
There are various small cafes/street stalls around HK serving fruity snacks, drinks and desserts. They are fun to try, cheap and tasty. If you're not keen on the more unusual tastes of red bean etc, you can have strawberry, mango or melon. They do jelly type desserts with chunks of fruit, smoothies with jelly balls etc.
You may be worried about the cleanliness of the place, or the lack of English menu, don't worry, just try!
Favorite Dish: Mango pudding! (Cantonese: mon gwar boe dean)...
This is best when it's given as a generous portion, thick and juicy, sweet and fragrant. The mango chunks should be fresh and ideally from the Phillipines (best mangoes in the world). It's like mango flavoured jelly, but creamy, almost. It's even better when a portion of evaporated milk (Carnation milk) is put in a bone dish for you to pour over your precious pudding to suit your taste.
Notice how, in the picture there is a lot of white stuff? That, is the good old evaporated milk! See how the mango pudding looks below it? Yellow, but not so artificially yellow that it looks like a highlighter pen.
Favorite Dish: Hong Kong has these wonderful egg tarts where this one store is supposed to have started the fame. Shaped like a small pie, it's basically a soft and lush custard that melts in your mouth when eaten. You've gotta eat this thing hot to get the full experience. It's really cheap at about 10 HKD a piece!